chapter  7
The Tasks of Life
Pages 16

For Adlerian psychologists, understanding people is a two-sided issue. There is a social matrix, a context, in which people exist that cannot be ignored. The existential philosophers, in particular, have noted that people are "thrown" into a world, and that to attempt to conceive of people without taking into account the world in which they live limits our understanding of what being human means (e.g., Heidegger, 1927/ 1962). As we state in the chapter on the basic assumptions of individual psychology, Adlerians operate from a social-field theoretical perspective.